A few months ago a client approached us with an urgent need. It was to support them in delivering a huge project all across the UK with a team of towards 100 experienced trainers. The brief was a challenging one; 100 people, all to start on the same day, in all corners of the UK to work every day for 4 months. Oh, and it was to start in three weeks’ time, with Christmas slap bang square in the middle. This was not going to be easy.
Of course, we relished the challenge.
Over the course of two weeks we worked all of our available networks to attract, recruit, register, interview, test, select, and ensure compliance with people from all over the UK. Aberdeen to Exeter, Canterbury to Haverfordwest, Belfast to Hull, and everywhere in between, we had recruited and selected experts. Great people who had put themselves out to work with us and made a real commitment to the project.
Sadly, the project didn’t come off. The client took a different tack to change their delivery style.
The client, however, was really apologetic. I, however, wasn’t upset. And here is why.
The client had provided me with an opportunity, and great things have come from it. I have had the opportunity to raise my profile with that client. What a great way to show how able we are to bring together a team of committed professional people.
We recruited over 100 professionals within 8 working days.
They were all interviewed, tested and compliant. And within selecting these 100, we probably reviewed around 400 potential people to work with us. This was a huge task. That client now knows that we can respond when they need us to, and they have a team here that pulls out all the stops to ensure they get what they need.
Secondly, what a great opportunity to increase our coverage. Of the 100 people, they all still want to work with us, but now we can provide training services all across the UK. From Aberdeen to Exeter, and, well, you get it I’m sure.
Finally, I have the opportunity to tell a great story. And hopefully, you are still reading it, and you think ‘hey, this company can do great things in both recruitment and training’. I’ve always known we can, but this was a great reminder to see it in action.